'Vikings' season 4 air date, spoilers: Lagertha to transform; to take Kattegat back from Aslaug?

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When History Channel’s hit periodical series “Vikings” returns to the small screens for season 4, viewers may see a different Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick).

After the mid-season finale of season 3 that featured the shieldmaiden seemingly on the brink of her death, executive producer Michael Hirst assured viewers that the character will survive the ordeal. Lagertha was stabbed in the chest by Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) in an attempt to eliminate the queen to have the crown for herself.

“There’s a feminist collective in New York who wrote to me a couple years ago and they said, ‘We don’t’ care how many of the male characters you kill off, but if you do anything to Lagertha, you’re in trouble.’ So I’m very careful about that warning,” Hirst humorously shared to TV Guide.

In a more serious note, he explained the reason why they are keeping her in the plot, “She’s also gone on this amazing female journey in which she’s gone from farmer’s wife [who’s] happily married with kids, to being betrayed, to being in an abusive relationship, to having power, to having power taken away from her by men, to having to fight her way back, to having to lose her baby again. She is the soul of the show and I need her.”

In a separate interview with Entertainment Weekly following the release of the latest installment, Hirst teased that Lagertha will do something unexpected of her as she has a big arc in the second half of the narrative. She will also have some physical changes when it comes to her outfit and appearance reflecting her decision to cut her ego off.

Although it remains to be seen what her actions may be, there are speculations based on the trailer, which features a time-jump, that she will take back Kattegat from Aslaug. The latter rose into power since Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) went missing.

The network has yet to reveal the release date of episode 11 for season 4, but it is predicted that “Vikings” will be released sometime in July, after HBO’s “Game of Thrones” season 6.